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Brandy and Ray J: A Family Business

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

So-so reality series tries to sell a souring family brand.

TV VH1 Reality TV 2010
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I am an adult and I like it. I can't wait for season 2 to hit the airwaves.

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This VH1 slice of "celebreality" sounds like a charming concept when it comes to family viewing until you consider that at 31 and 29 years old, respectively, Brandy and Ray J should have stepped up to the plate a long time ago. And at that point, the whole premise feels a bit like the Emperor's New Clothes. After all, is this really the first time they've tried to understand how the business works? If so, that's kind of sad.

Although there's some real potential here for family bonding and meaningful takeaways, the show really gets interesting when Ray J, who's particularly candid about how "the business" works for him, shares unexpected realities about his fame. Like the fact that people will pay him to show up at their parties, and that he can make up to $1 million a year doing that alone six nights a week. "It's a hustle," he admits, matter-of-factly. And when he says it, you realize he's right.

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